8 Reasons Why Recording Home Education is Useful
© Beverley Paine
In addition to all the recording you do as a home educating parent your children will engage in an enormous amount of different types of recording as they do various educational activities. Understanding the importance of your children's recordings, and the role these play in evaluating the learning experience, can assist to enhance the actual activities.
Recording, when done by both children and parents, and linked to the evaluation process, is useful for the following reasons:
It is impossible to separate evaluation from planning. Effective evaluation needs to be linked to your learning plans, as well as reflecting your overall educational approach. Evaluation should be manageable, simple, practical, meaningful and provide useful information. All participants in the learning program are responsible for evaluation, not just you, the parent. Most of all, evaluation needs to reflect the developmental nature of your children's learning, as well as monitoring their achievements.
Keep in mind that evaluation is a celebration of achievement, rather than an assessment of what the child doesn't know or understand yet, or is unable to do. This will help make the process an enjoyable one, and will build successful home schooling experiences.
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